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orange pekoe

a black tea composed of the smallest top leaves and grown in India and Ceylon.
any India or Ceylon tea of good quality.
Origin of orange pekoe
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then you might give us some orange pekoe and—oh, two chicken sandwiches.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • They drank unlimited quantities of orange pekoe, and ate small mountains of toast.

    The Tin Soldier

    Temple Bailey
  • "The condemned man ate a hearty tea of orange pekoe and cress sandwiches," he reflected silently.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Becky ate little cream cakes with fluted crusts, and drank orange pekoe.

    The Trumpeter Swan Temple Bailey
  • Tea gathered exclusively from buds and tips is called "flowery;" if the first young leaf be included, it is "orange pekoe."

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • The second leaves make the tea called "orange pekoe," while the third leaves produce a grade of tea called simply "pekoe."

    American Adventures Julian Street
British Dictionary definitions for orange pekoe

orange pekoe

a superior grade of black tea made from the small leaves at the tips of the plant stems and growing in India and Sri Lanka
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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